A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the United States begins on Wednesday, an official for rebels said the enemies want America’s longest war to end.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the AFP that “the sixth round of negotiations between the Islamic Emirate and the United States will begin today in Doha”.
The US embassy did not immediately comment, the US State Department has already said that the peace ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will visit the capital of Qatar’s capital Doha this month to meet the Taliban.
The two sides repeatedly met to discuss the framework of a peace agreement that the Taliban would stop Afghanistan from being used as a safe haven in return for the withdrawal of foreign powers.
None of the talks included the Afghan government, which the Taliban viewed as a puppet regime.
This means that even if the United States and the Taliban can agree on a timetable for an agreement to end the 17-year war and the withdrawal of an eventual unity, the rebels may be engaged in an ongoing ceasefire with Afghan politicians and tribal elders.
Khalilzad went to Moscow last week. Russia and China have said they support the US peace agreement and stressed the need for an “inside Afghan dialogue” to see all sides in Afghanistan at the negotiating table.